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Gloria Musicae gets new executive director
Gloria Musicae gets new executive director

Sarasota, Florida -- Gloria Musicae, Sarasota’s professional chorus, which is celebrating its 34th season of presenting choral music in the region, announced that Steven Klindt has been hired as its new executive director.

Prior to joining Gloria Musicae, Klindt was director of development at the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota. Klindt also served as director of development and public affairs for the Tampa Museum of Art where he directed programs for individual and major giving, government relations, foundation grants, corporate underwriting and sponsorships, and a successful capital campaign to build a new facility and increase the museum’s endowment.

“We are very pleased to welcome Steven to Gloria Musicae," said Charles Chauncey, Gloria Musicae’s board president. "Steven brings more than 30 years experience in not-for-profit profit arts administration to the chorus. He will provide leadership for our fundraising, marketing and strategic planning—all of which are areas where he has a great wealth of experience and success."

In his new position, Klindt will work closely with Gloria Musicae artistic director, Dr. Joseph Holt, to develop program and operating plans to meet the not-for-profit group’s mission and vision which “…celebrates the excellence of choral music through innovative, stimulating performances and educational outreach.” As executive director he will also serve as the chief executive officer of the organization and oversee administrative and development activities.

Before moving to Florida in 2001, Klindt was a member of the Art and Arts Professions graduate faculty at the School of Education, New York University. He has also been the director of the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota and the Queens Museum of Art, New York City.  In the past decade, Klindt has served as a grant panelist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Florida Arts Council. He was on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Suncoast Chapter. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and master’s degree in art and photography from the University of Iowa.

Gloria Musicae, the Sarasota-based professional vocal ensemble, was founded by Arden Fowler in 1979. Ms. Fowler, new to Sarasota at the time, created the chorus to provide opportunities for professional choral singers to perform.  She, with Ann Stephenson-Moe and George Bledsoe, began recruiting singers from around the area to form the first professional chorus in the southeast United States. Directed by Dr. Joseph Holt, who is internationally recognized as a conductor, pianist, chamber music performer, arts administrator, educator and arranger, Gloria Musicae is comprised of classically trained, auditioned singers performing music from a broad spectrum of the choral literature. Their repertoire spans four centuries and includes major works with orchestra, intimate madrigals, church motets, folk songs, close-harmony jazz, and Broadway show music. The ensemble also specializes in premiere performances of living American composers including work by René Clausen, Dick Hyman, Robert Levin, Gwyneth Walker and James Grant.

For more information: www.Gloria Musicae.org.